An adult resident of Chechnya was refused to issue a passport without being accompanied by an older male relative, her lawyer filed a complaint. This was reported by the human rights crisis group SK (North Caucasus) SOS in its Telegram channel. The woman's name has not been released for security reasons.
Employees of the Department for Migration in Grozny demanded that a “guarantor” — an older male relative — be present when receiving the document. He would be asked to fill in some kind of “guarantee”, what kind of document this is is unknown. There is no legal basis for this.
“The institute of guarantee is generally impossible, it is not provided for when issuing an identity document,” the lawyer explained.
Since February 2, Gosuslugi has not accepted applications from Russians for the issuance of a passport with biometrics and an electronic storage medium. As told The Insider on anonymous terms, a microchip developer in the aerospace industry, the Mikron manufacturing enterprise, depends on foreign suppliers of equipment and consumables. According to him, even for all 146 million Russians it would be possible to get a new passport in a few months, but the question is the priority of chips for cruise missiles, which the Russian Federation needs for the war with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in connection with the shortage of chips, advises Russians to “keep it simple” and use ordinary passports instead of biometric ones.